Tunisia - Gabes-Medenine-Ras Jedir Highway Construction Project - Medenine-Ras Jedir Section

Project Summary

Approval Date 21 Jun 2011
Signature Date 19 Sep 2011
Planned Completion Date 30 Mar 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 109,616,812.06
Status Implementation

Project General Description

This project consists in the construction of the Gabes-Medenine-Ras Jedir highway link, for a total cost of EUR 454.78 million. It is co-financed by the Bank with a EUR 137.34 million loan, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, with a EUR 136.47 million loan which is already approved, and the Tunisian Highways Corporation/Tunisian Government, with a contribution amounting to EUR 180.97 million. Specifically, the project includes the construction of 195.020 km of a 2x2 lanes highway between Gabes and Ras Jedir (LibyaTunisian border). The ADB loan will be used specifically to finance the construction of the Medenine-Ras Jedir section. The project’s processing has started in November 2010, is part of Tunisia’s 11th Social and Economic Development Plan, and was confirmed by the Tunisian Government after the Revolution. It will contribute to the Tunisian Government’s priority programme put in place in the wake of the Revolution and which notably aims at reducing regional disparities by unlocking isolated rural areas and curbing unemployment, especially among the youth.

Project Objectives

The project’s objectives are to improve the overall functioning and efficiency of the national transport system, in support to the growth in domestic and international trade, and strengthen regional and economic integration. More specifically, the project is intended to facilitate the movement of goods and persons between Gabes and the Tunisia-Libya border, and improve access to the major development centres located in the South-East region of the country.


The project will mainly benefit the people in its area of influence. The wider zone of influence (ZIE) affects a population of over five million people out of a total population of 10.4 million people in 2009. The Zone of Direct Influence of the Project (ZIP) has an estimated population in 2009 of 957,400 inhabitants. The project will have a positive impact on the mobility of the populations in the PA, and thanks to the improvement of the safety and security conditions and the time savings on the different routes. This increased mobility will benefit all sections of the population of the PA, including facilitating access to health facilities, education and administration, and developing tourism and interregional and international exchanges.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Tunisia


IATI identifier 46002-P-TN-DB0-012
Last Update 29 Jan 2023


Contact Details

Name DIOP Maimounatou Ndiaye
Email m.ndiaye-diop@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Tunisia
Coordinates Location Name
35.33333 10.58333 Gouvernorat de Mahdia
34.75 10.41667 Gouvernorat de Sfax
33.33333 11 Gouvernorat de Médenine
33.83333 9.75 Gouvernorat de Gabes
33.504 11.1122 Zarzis
33.15 11.5667 Raas Ajdar
33.1378 11.2196 Bin Qirdan
32 10 Tataouine